Activists urge ban on 'hazardous' farm chemicals

Conservatioists dispute ministry claims of B70bn loss

Orchard growers from Ratchaburi showed up Wednesday at the Department of Agriculture to eat their own fruit in an attempt to show it's safe despite use of controversial herbicides and pesticides. Conservationists are lobbying for a ban on two specific chemicals in agriculture. (Photos by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Thai Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN) will today submit a petition to the Ministry of Industry, asking it to ban the herbicide paraquat and the pesticide chlorpyrifos, while restricting the use of glyphosate.

The request, according to the group which campaigns for banning harmful pesticides, is based on Ministry of Public Health recommendations and research findings on health effects and the level of contamination in vegetables and legumes.

The petition is timed to coincide with a meeting of the ministry's committee on hazardous chemicals which will decide on the use of the pesticides.

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